Jan 20th, 2019
Lowry paints pictures with HSBC victory
His first win since when???
It's been a long time coming but Shane Lowry finally tured his immense talent and potential into a win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, his first since 2015 when he bagged the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Lowry had Richad Sterne breathing down his neck but birdied the final hole for a one-shot victory. Lowry, who went wire-to-wire with this victory, entered the day with a commanding three-shot lead but found himself four strokes behind Sterne after carding four bogeys and two birdies in his first 11 holes.
Lowry fired back with back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th and after Sterne dropped a couple of shots coming down the stretch, Lowry made another birdie at the 18th to get to -18
"I completely thought I was gone to be honest," 31-year-old Lowry told Sky Sports. "I just tried to put him under as much pressure as I could. But I didn't think I had that in me today. I'm so happy."
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Joost Luiten of the Netherlands, made two eagles in his round and finished third, three shots behind Lowry, with South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen fourth and Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen fifth.
Lowry held a 12-foot clutch putt for par on the 17th to remain tied for the lead before South African Sterne pushed his second shot into the cart path on 18.
He failed to get his up-and-down while Lowry, on the green in two, two-putted for the decisive birdie.
The win not only takes his career win total to 5 but also takes Lowry to the top of the European Tour's Race to Dubai, while Sterne continues to seek a first title since the 2013 Joburg Open.
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